David W. Robinson Catalyst Award

The David W. Robinson Catalyst Award recognizes organizations in our 11-county service area that have exemplified leadership, creativity, vision and commitment in addressing critical community issues.

The award, created in memory of inaugural board member  David W. Robinson, was established by the Community Foundation and the Robinson Family in 1994. The Foundation believes that vision, innovation, collaboration and cooperation are necessary ingredients to enhance the communities where we live and work.

Each year the Community Foundation accepts nominations from the public for nonprofit organizations that have identified and responded effectively to a community need by mobilizing resources in addition to their own. 

Submit a Nomination

The deadline for 2016 nominations has passed. Check back in August 2017 to submit a nomination for next year's award. Nominations are accepted for organizations who make a significant difference in our community and demonstrate:

  • persistent effort to find a solution to a complex problem;
  • creativity to explore alternative approaches toward a solution;
  • community collaboration; and
  • specific outcomes toward meeting a community need.

Previous Winners

2015 Sexual Trauma Services of the Midlands
2014 Trinty Housing Corporation
2013 PASOs
2012 Family Connection of SC
2011 The Healing Species
2010 Sistercare
2009 Eau Claire Shalom Ministries
2007 ParentingPartners
2006 The Free Medical Clinic, Inc.
2005 Fast Forward Technology 
2004 Communicare
2003 The Women’s Shelter
2002 Brookland Foundation
2001 Children's Chance
2000 CenterHealthy Learners
  HOPE for Kids
1999 Junior League of Columbia
1998 The Cooperative Ministry
  The Columbia World Affairs Council
1997 Family Connection of South Carolina
1996 Souper Bowl of Caring
1995 The Greater Columbia Literacy Council
1994 The Columbia Housing Authority